NEW YORK, June 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced today the results of the semi-annual evaluation of the NASDAQ OMX ABA Community Bank Index (Nasdaq:ABQI), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, June 18, 2012.
The following seven securities will be added to the Index: BofI Holding, Inc. (Nasdaq:BOFI), CoBiz Financial Inc. (Nasdaq:COBZ), First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. (Nasdaq:FIBK), Franklin Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:FRNK), Hanmi Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:HAFC), OmniAmerican Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:OABC) and Taylor Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:TAYC).
The Index is designed to track the performance of banks and thrifts, or their holding companies, listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market®. The Index is intended to serve as a benchmark for investment products by including the larger and more liquid community banks. The NASDAQ OMX ABA Community Bank Index is reviewed on a semi-annual basis. For more information about the NASDAQ OMX ABA Community Bank Index, including detailed eligibility criteria, visit https://indexes.nasdaqomx.com/.
As a result of the evaluation the following seven companies will be removed from the index:
Camden National Corporation (Nasdaq:CAC), Enterprise Financial Services Corp (Nasdaq:EFSC), The First of Long Island Corporation (Nasdaq:FLIC), Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSBC), Northfield Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:NFBK), Sun Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNBC) and Westfield Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq:WFD).
The First Trust NASDAQ ABA Community Bank Fund (Nasdaq:QABA) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the fund's fees and expenses) of the NASDAQ OMX ABA Community Bank Index.
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The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with approximately 3,500 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com. Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx).
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